Sitting pretty just 15 kilometer from Harvey Bay and the Queensland coast is one of the most incredible islands on earth. A place so rare and unique in its unparalleled beauty, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is heritage-listed to boot. From camping under the stars, whale-watching and discovering the untamed wilderness to swimming in crystal-clear fresh water lakes, lazing on white sand beaches and exploring forests over a thousand years old, it’s impossible not to succumb to Fraser Island’s rugged natural charm and fall completely under its spell.
I’ve just arrived home after an incredible weekend spent with my Mum and sisters sailing along Australia’s East Coast, from Brisbane to Fraser Island. The entire girls’ weekend was a dream and the fact we spent a day exploring Fraser Island, a destination I had been longing to revisit ever since I was a little girl, made it all the more amazing. If you are ever considering a visit to Fraser Island, you absolutely must! It’ll prove an unforgettable adventure, and travelling from Brisbane by ship as we did proved to be an incredible experience all on its own.
By Friday afternoon, we’d boarded the Pacific Aria and were making our way along the Brisbane river and out to the open ocean just as the sun was setting. Saturday was spent at sea. The day started with sunrise yoga and stretching, before we moved on to a hearty breakfast and found our spots by the pool. We played trivia, guessed song lyrics, reclined on our sun lounges, read our books, sipped delicious cocktails, and then as the sun went down, we dressed up for a Gatsby themed evening of incredible food and entertainment.
Bright and early on Sunday morning, the ship anchored off the coast of Fraser Island and after a slow start to the morning, we made our way ashore. Stepping off the sun-drenched jetty, we found ourselves completely dwarfed by towering giants of the shady rainforest and begun our explorations of the island and eco-resort.
It’s no easy feat to discover all of Fraser Islands beauty in a day, but from the very first instance, stepping into this untapped paradise is all you really need to do to know how special it is. With the island’s main north to south highway being the surf beach and the inland roads being sand tracks, it’s pure four wheel driving territory and is an adventure-enthusiast’s paradise. Home to 230 species of birds, the Australian dingo, an abundance of fresh water lakes and 124km of sandy beach, it’s also a nature-lover’s paradise.
That evening, sunkissed, tired and happy as we were, we dressed in white and headed along to an incredible dinner and a dance at Pacific Aria’s Bianco party on the open deck. There really is something to be said about dancing the night away under the stars with your best friends!
The next morning, my sister and I kick started our day with a morning yoga and stretching class in the early morning light with the most incredible expansive views of the ocean all around us. We met my Mum and sister (who had decided to hit the walking track on the open deck that morning) for a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, fresh bread, smoked salmon and an incredible homemade bean casserole. The rest of Monday was spent soaking up the holiday vibes by the pool, alternating between reading our books and taking dips in the spa, as we made our way back to Brisbane and back to reality.
Our trip to Fraser Island was absolutely magical – definitely add it to your Aussie travel bucket list, if it isn’t already there! And tell me about your last girls’ weekend, I’d love to hear about it!
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